KHONSU is a groundbreaking and innovative extreme metal band hailing from Bergen, Norway that features guest appearances by members of KEEP OF KALESSIN and MANES. Their music has a distinctive dark futuristic twist and delivers a sinister blend of metal and electronic elements. On November 18th, KHONSU release their second, upcoming new album “The Xun Protectorate” via Jhator Recordings/PHD.
Today, the band releases their first digital single “A Jhator Ascension”. Stream it below:
“When I wrote the track “A Jhator Ascension”, it started with playing the theme of the first riff on keyboards. I thought that this could fit both as a high speed riffing part, but also just as a slow and electronic part. Therefore, as people will hear when the album is released, the intro is the same theme as this first riff”, explains S. Gronbech and continues: “I am very satisfied with this song. It’s compact, flows very naturally and has a strong sense of wholeness. Besides that, it is probably the most traditional black metal track on the album, and a great opening track as well. As people might have realised by now, I really like mixing the beautiful and tender with the brutal and raw. Mixing these different elements, became typical for Khonsu.”
The album as a whole is about a city in space, and “A Jhator Ascension” is about the process of justification for the protagonist of the story as he is about to drive this vessel into the sun. Some sort of religious delusion also grows in him, as he realises he has power over life and death. Jhator is the name of a Tibetan burial practise called ‘sky burial’. In this funerary practise a human corpse is placed on a mountaintop, exposing it to the elements and animals – especially predatory birds.
Order it digitally here: https://itunes.apple.com/no/